News & Events:

100th Anniversary Event of the L.A. Rhodesli Community.

It took place at Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel on April 23, 2017:

2016 Rhodesli Luncheon & Book Signing Event

A sold out event took place on May 22, 2016 at the Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel of the “Rhodesli Luncheon” and book signing.  The book is called “A Century of the Rhodeslis in Los Angeles”:

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August 2015:  Attorney from Spain Informs of Process for Sephardim to Reacquire Spanish Citizenship at Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel:


Catalina gathering during the second week of August 2014:

A Mediterranean cruise which included Rhodes for the 70th year memorial occurred during the 3rd week of July 2014.

The Hasson Family picnic was well attended and enjoyed on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills.

The Rhodesli lunch on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the Marina del Rey Yacht Club:

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 An “Out to Lunch Bunch” was held on December 10, 2013 at the Bluewater Grill in Redondo Beach:

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 An “Out to Lunch Bunch” was held on October 8, 2013 at Mountain Gate Country Club in Brentwood:

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The photos below are of the “Out to Lunch Bunch” on August 13, 2013 in West L.A.:  

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“Rhodes Stories Project” —  August 2013:

This is a project by a Rhodesli descendant of the Hasson, Capelouto & Almeleh families, Barry Salzman of New York.     Photos were taken at our Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel in the Levy Hall.  Below are photos from the project:

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The following are samples of the artistic photographic style of Barry Salzman of the Jews of “Rhodes Stories” project:RhodesStories_GroupComp


July/August 2013:  Catalina trip.  Pavillion Lodge in Avalon.

Our annual family vacation on the island which attracts over a hundred people and which reminds us of our island roots in Rhodes.

Dave & Shirlee Peha Ezra Cohen & Robert & Carrie Levy Rae, Sally & Benveniste girls Clement, Esther & Chase Ron, Rita & Aron Marcia, Stacy & Penne Aron, Sharon, Bob Cohen Kaye Israel & aunt Rae Cindy, Dave, Shirlee & Aron, edited

Sunday, July 7, 2013: the annual Rhodesli picnic at Rancho Park in West Los Angeles.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013:  Art Benveniste speaking at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park.  History and stories of the L.A. Sephardic Jewish community.

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                 Sunday, June 2, 2013:  Hasson family picnic at Roxbury Park in West Los Angeles.

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Film Screening of “The Longest Journey” on April 14, 2013 at Tifereth Israel:

This documentary features the personal accounts of Stella Levi, Sami Modiano and Alberto Israel.  It includes the contrast of the beauty of the island with the tragedy suffered by the Jewish community of Rhodes.  The film was followed by a question and answer period with Stella Levi.  This presentation was sponsored by the Rhodes Jewish Historical Foundation.

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11 Responses to “News & Events:”

  1. June 7th, 2017

    Obe Hasson:

    Hi Aron. Wonderful photos! The slide show is beautiful!! many thanks for all your efforts. You are a very special person.
    All the best.

  2. June 4th, 2017

    Sarah Schwartz (Nee Hanan-Notrica):

    Hi Aaron, I want to thank you soooooo much for all that you do and have done to keep our history alive and bringing the Rhodeslies together. It means so much to me and I am sure to everyone.

  3. May 14th, 2017

    Ronald ted Hasson:

    Aron, I’m always very happy when i see your continued additions to your website. Who knew that the internet would come to share all the history you have gathered since you started this venture. I remember when i was 18 and you 20, that you were tape recording interview with papoo (Joseph hasson) on cassette tapes. And then interviewing/taping cousins all around the United States when we made our US tour in your VW van in approx. 1972. You have dedicated your life to this project and i want you to know that it is appreciated by all that visit your website.

  4. March 5th, 2014

    Rae Cohen:

    Aron, this is very nice, love seeing all the photos. You should remind everyone about the cruise we are doing from Rome to Venice we will be in Rhodes on July 22nd, and expect to meet a lot of Rhodes decendents who will be there for the Holocaust Memorial 70 years. rae

  5. August 13th, 2013

    Joe & Valerie Hasson:

    Dear Aron: Joe & I enjoyed this whole website……….each & every section you have put on here. The History, News Events & cemetery. I have forwarded this to Seattle to our cousins who may or may not be on your list. My children will enjoy this also. Thank you for putting so much energy into this for all to see. We loved it all.

    Our Best, Joe & Valerie

  6. August 13th, 2013

    Ruth Angel (Wheelwright):

    What a lovely site. Thank you for honoring our heritage in such a lovely way. I was wondering if my parents, grandmother, and brother’s tombstone could be uploaded to your site. They are at the Home of Peace too, and were VERY Sephardic.

    Morris and Betty Angel-my parents
    Rebecca Tarica Angel -grandmother
    David William Angel-my brother who passed away last year.

    They were all members of the Sephardic Temple Tifferith Israel in West L A.

  7. August 13th, 2013

    Ron Hasson:

    Good morning Aron. Sharon & I are still in Catalina. She just opened her email and was so happy to receive your wonderful website. We are both reading it while enjoying our coffee and boyus—-what a way to start the day. We cannot thank you enough for all you do for our community. I will be forwarding this website to our children. I am so proud we are all family as well as friends. Fondly, Sharon & Ron

  8. August 13th, 2013


    Hi Dennis. I have just added you to our email address. Until now there has been no coordinated “news/event” online. This website may become a new source of information. Aron

  9. August 12th, 2013

    Dennis Cohen:

    Hi Aaron. This is a great site. Thank you for your dedication to keeping the Rhodesli community history alive. I noticed some events that I would have like to know about and possibly attend this summer: Catalina, Rancho Park, etc. Is it possible to be on a mailing list so that I will know next year when these events occur? Thank you. Dennis

  10. August 9th, 2013

    Barbara Cordova:

    We are selling a single plot at Hillside cemetery if anyone is interested. Please email me at: Barbara

  11. August 8th, 2013


    Welcome to this website! Please feel free to add any information which is newsworthy and/or informative to the Rhodesli community.